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San Fran McDonald's closes after 30 years, cites high property tax, minimum wage increase

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San Francisco McDonald’s shuts down after 30 years, cites rising costs and rent issues


by WKRC Staff

Mon, June 24th 2024 at 12:06 PM

Updated Mon, June 24th 2024 at 12:07 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 09:  A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO – FEBRUARY 09: A sign stands outside of a McDonald’s restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (WKRC) — A McDonald’s location has closed its doors after more than 30 years in business.

According to The New York Post, a McDonald’s location just eight miles outside of downtown San Francisco, California has closed its doors Sunday after more than 30 years in business.

“It has been a pleasure for my entire team and I to serve the 19th Avenue and Ingleside neighborhoods for more than 30 years,” a farewell note posted to the front of the location read, per The Post.

Speaking to KGO-TV, franchise-owner Scott Rodrick called it “a gut-wrenching day” for his family. When speaking to the station’s reporters, Rodrick cited a number of reasons behind his decision to close the location.

According to the outlet, Rodrick cited a number of reasons for why the decision was made to close the McDonald’s.

Firstly, Rodrick told KGO-TV that the landlord refused to negotiate a long-term and “sensible” rent for the location, adding that the property taxes and shared tenant mall fees were the highest paid for a location for the company.

Continuing, Rodrick noted that the cost of operating a business in San Francisco had continued to rise at a historic pace, adding that the recent state-wide $20 minimum wage hike had contributed to financial strains of operating the business.

Rodrick confirmed to KGO-TV that all affected employees at the closing location were offered jobs at nearby locations, adding that a majority of those employees had chosen to remain with the company.

Per The Post, the Bay Area McDonald’s was just one of several fast-food businesses that had cited the $20 minimum wage increase as a factor in their decision to close, adding that Wendy’s, Burger King, Chipotle and Starbucks had each increased their prices by 8% in California following the introduction of the increase.

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